Knowing how to pose your couple when you're just starting in wedding photography can be a little daunting. So today i would like to share with you all my 10 favorite and goto wedding poses I use at absolutely every wedding.
Starting out with chest to chest. Chest to chest is one of the easiest and simplest poses that can be turned into a a lot of other poses as well. Which is why I tend to use it the foremost . Basically for this, you're going to have your couple turn towards each other and press as close together as they can. Generally, The bride's hands will be on the groom's chest or his arms, and the groom will be holding the bride around her back. Also as the little tip, you'll want to put the bride on your right side. This way, when they're face to face you will see her ring hand facing you. This is a huge tip because on wedding days, you want to show off that the ring as well as the couple. Also as a variation to this pose, if you have a large height distance between your couple, you can have her lay her head on his chest as well, but just a different variation. Have her lay her head on his chest, close her eyes like they're cuddling. Have her open her eyes, close up on her, her smile and how happy she is. And this pose actually leads right into my next favorite, which is head cuddling.
So head cuddling or forehead to forehead. I like to use head cuddling because it's much more cute. And it's kind of funny. A lot of times couples will giggle a little bit when you put it in that sense. With head cuddling, you're starting from a chest to chest position and you have them touch their foreheads together. Now don't press your faces too close, but forehead to forehead and also have them close their eyes. Keep in mind if the height the difference is too different, this is going to look weird, because the groom will generally have to like kneel his whole body over just to do forehead to forehead. So be careful about using this pose, and keep it for couples who are generally closer to the same height. With this pose as well, you can shoot it from far away from or up close and personal. I personally like it with a 35 or 50 mil lens, real nice and close, just to get intimate with the couple. The next pose is also a variation of the last two, but it's using a wall for foreground bokeh. Now with this, generally I'll have one person put their back on the wall or lean up on the wall and the other person will be chest to chest with them. With this pose, you can have either the groom or the bride on the wall, but keep in mind when the bride is on the wall don't have the groom put both of his hands on the wall, because then it looks a little creepy, and like, he's like just bearing down on her too much. It doesn't look good, so watch out for that. When I do this pose, generally what will happen are you pose the couple on the right side of the frame and you get as close to the w all a s y o u p o s sibly c a n. By doing this you're going to create like a left side or right side bokeh blur that is close to you. Using the wall to frame ou t t h e c o u ple f r o m t h e r e s t o f t h e s h o t. These shots only work wit h a lo n g t ele p h o t o le n s. So you'll want to use something like a 56, a n 8 5, a 90, 110, something long b a sic ally. This shot is great and easy to do if you have walls around, and also you can do it if you don't have a wall. I like to do it with the bushes or flowers, basically, anything that's going to cr e a t e a lo n g lin e o n t h e sid e o f y o u r p h o t o. Next up we have the bear hug or a normal spoon as I like to call it. So for this, your couple is going to be spooning. Basically, the groom will be in the ba c k, the bride in the front. You can either have the couple facing y o u, to the side a little bit, so you can see both of them, or you can have them fully profile. So you just see them from the side. And again, keep in mind, you can take a single pose and make it look extremely different just by your focal length or how the couple is standing. The hugest tip for this pose is do not have the groom hold the bride around her stomach area. This basically turns the shot into a maternity photo, and generally at weddings, it's not time for that. So what I like to do is a bear hug. I have the groom come across the top and hold her nice and tight. And you have the bride lift her arms up and hold his arms. This looks a lot more cute, nice, and intimate.
If you don't want to do a bear hug, you can also have his hands on her hips. But basically, stay away from the stomach area. And then the variation on this the pose is the reverse spoon. So the reverse boon is one of my favorite ones. And honestly, it's really funny because the couple will normally joke about how the guy gets to be the small spoon and it's not very often that that happens. (laughing) But generally for this, the groom is going to be in the front, the bride will be in the back. And basically what you want to do is have her put her hands on his back or grab his arm. Again, don't do the front through the stomach area. That's going to be everyone's the natural inclination to do, but make sure you catch it and you don't take the photo like that. For the bride, you can have her lay her head on his back or just look at the camera. And for the groom, have him look off into the distance, almost like he's like looking over on pride rock at the land that is his or something. (laughing) Also, you can have him look back and try and look at her. Generally, he won't be able to see her, but it causes some nice lit tle gig gle s a n d la u g h s w h e n t h e y t r y t o lo o k a t e a c h o t h e r in t his w eir d p o sitio n. So after you get those nice classic poses down, now it's time for some poses with movement. For this, we'll start out with the walking towards th e c a m e r a s h o t. So for walking towards the camera shot, I always let my couple know to not look directly at the camera. A lot of times people get a little weird in front of the camera and they want to just stare at the camera, like eh, I'm taking the photo. But just let them them know to act natural, to look at each other, to look off in the distance, but just walk and talk with each other, without looking directly at the camera. They can look at the camera occasionally, but just for a nice little smile or something, don't stare into the camera. Just, it's not a good look. (laughing) While the couple is walking towards you, keep in mind you want to put your camera in continuous autofocus, zone autofocus, hold down your back button focus, and then take as many shots as you'll . Again, because this involves motion, you don't know when and where the good shot will come. And while the walking towards you, you can add in a little hip bump or a little twirl, or try to kiss each other while you're walking, just give them something to do. And it'll usually turn into something that you don't even expect, which makes for a great shot. The variant on the walking towards the camera shot is walking side to side from the camera, which is my hands down favorite shot, and y'all see me do it every wedding. So this is always my #wideshotWednesday, which if y'all want to start that on Instagram, if you have a dope wide shot, make sure to tag it with wide shot Wednesday. For this shot, I have the couple walking parallel to where I am and generally, very far from where I am. I'm using either a super wide lens or a tele lens, because I'm that far away from my couple. While they walk, I want a pretty wide stance because I want to see their stride and see their legs separated to r e ally a d d t h a t m o tio n t o t h e s c e n e. I also have my couples stand about a full arms length apart. And you don't want it to look like the person in the front is pulling the other person, more so guiding them. So think of it as guiding the off to their future as a new married couple. (laughing) But again, I do this shot like pretty much every wedding if there's a dope spot for it. I love this shot. And you can even see some variations on it, like walking upstairs or just anything. This is a fun shot to do, but it is one that is very technical. And you have to get it right. Generally, I'll do it a couple of times with my couples. For the last couple of poses, let's go ahead and hit some of the nice classic poses. So this is going to be your hipster pose. Standing, looking straight at the camera, maybe with some space between the couple. This shot is very straightforward, but keep in mind, you can vary it and get like three to four to five different poses from this one shot. You can have standing close together, standing far apart, holding hands far apart, standing very far apart, standing slightly far apart, looking at each other, standing far apart looking in opposite directions, standing close, looking in opposite directions, standing close, looking at each other. You can go on and on and on. So keep in mind with a shot like this, it's going to be simple and you can give them these cues quick and easy, right off the bat. So this is something that this is a nice way to start, Page 1 b e c a u s e it's e a s y. Can you all stand f a cin g s t r aig h t o n t o m e, step apart from ea c h o t h e r, lo o k a t e a c h o t h e r, look at me, look away fro m e a c h o t h e r. That was four shots right there. So this is one that I always, always use. And then for some more motion and some fun, you can do the dance and twirl. So with this pose, I'm generally telling my couple to slow dance with each other a little bit, kind of warm them up. This is something I'll do at the beginning of a portrait session. And then once they start getting comfortable with it, I'll ask them if they can do a twirl or something of that sort. They pull out a little twirl put your camera on the high shutter, capture the whole twirl. You can even turn it into a GIF if you want to, but that's going to be the best way to catch the perfect moment where you're seeing the bride's face while she just twirls around. Maybe she's laughing a a little bit, it's really good. So remember shoot it with high shutter speed or you're going to miss the shot that you want. Also for this pose, This is something that I asked the couple, never make the couple do a pose that they just don't feel like doing. So I'll ask them, do you all ever dance together? Can you do a little bit of slow dancing? And if they're not about it, don't try to force it. Just move on to a different pose you want to do. And last but not least the good old classic looking right at the camera shot, which honestly I tend not to do. I found that in most of my weddings, I have a bad habit of just never shooting the looking at the camera shot. But these are the shots that you definitely always want to get. This is the shot that the family, the friends, the parents that's the shot that they want. They don't care about anything else, all the cool artsy stuff that we do. All the cool artsy stuff that we do that our couples love. No one cares about that. Page 2 T h e y w a n t a nic e, f r e s h lo o kin g rig h t a t t h e c a m e r a s h o t. for some variations on this, you can have one person in the couple stand straight and the other one kind of stand on their side, perpendicular to them. Have the groom hold the brid e a r o u n d w hile t h e y'r e lik e t h a t. And then both of them lo o k a t t h e c a m e r a. Also, if you're curious about what to do with the groom's other hand, a lot of times they'll just let the hand sit there, limp on the side. What I generally do is have them put that in their pocket and then tell them that they're looking GQ and then they get all into it. (laughing) But the standard looking at the camera shot, again is a musthave. And again, they don't have to just stand straight. There are different ways you can vary it and you can take most of the poses that I've already talked about and turn them into looking at the camera shot. So definitely make sure to get those in there. And those are my 10 goto wedding poses. I hope this was helpful for you all. And if you enjoyed it and liked it, please make sure to hit that like so I can keep making content like this, and subscribe for more, 'cause this year we're going to get into these weddings. I really hope to bring more behindthescenes videos. And if you haven't had a chance to check them out, check them out right here, up above. I have full wedding days where you can watch me shoot and use these exact same poses that you heard about in this video. If there's another pose that you love to use, leave it down here in the comment. I always love hearing about easy and nice poses that work to get good reactions out of your couples. Thanks again for hanging out and I will catch you all next time.